Bills RB Fred Jackson Out for the Year

November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 9:25 PM EDT

By Jeff Russo

November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 9:25 PM EDT

Orchard Park ( Bills do-it-all running back Fred Jackson has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a fractured fibula.

The Buffalo Bills have released the following statement:

Orchard Park, NY – RB Fred Jackson has been placed on injured reserve after suffering an injury to his fibula on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Jackson leads the NFL with six 100-yard rushing games and ranks second in the NFL with 1,376 scrimmage yards. He also ranks third in the NFL with 934 rushing yards.

Bills Head Coach Chan Gailey issued the following statement on today’s transaction.

“Further tests on Fred’s injured leg have shown that he has a broken bone in his leg, so that’s disappointing news for our team and certainly for Fred. He was having a great year. The process for Fred to return to the field would most likely take him through the end of the season, so we have made the difficult decision to place him on Injured Reserve. This creates an opportunity for CJ and, as we announced earlier today, he will be our starting running back for this week’s game against the Jets. We have also claimed off waivers Tashard Choice and he is expected to participate in practice beginning tomorrow.”

The Buffalo Bills today announced that the team has claimed RB Tashard Choice.

Choice joins the Bills after being released by the Washington Redskins on Tuesday. Choice spent three weeks with the Redskins. Choice started the 2011 season with the Dallas Cowboys where he produced 75 yards on 28 carries in the first six games of the season. He was released by Dallas on October 28 and signed with Washington on October 31.

Choice originally joined the NFL as a fourth round draft pick (122nd overall) in 2008 out of Georgia Tech. He has played in 55 career games (four starts) and produced 1,146 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns in his NFL career. He also has 499 receiving yards on 65 receptions.

Choice is 5-10, 212 pounds and is a native of Hampton, GA.


The news is obviously a huge blow for a team that is trying to rebound from three straight losses. Jackson has been the Bills MVP this season, and ranks second in the NFL in yards from scrimmage with 1,376.

Jackson's 934 yards rushing rank third in the NFL yards. He's also added 442 yards receiving this year.

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick addressed the media prior to the news coming out concerning Jackson, but I tracked him down for his reaction. "It's going to be tough not having Fred on the field", said Fitzpatrick. "It's tough. We know where his heart is, and where his mind is going to be on Sunday. With us. I know he'll work hard to try and get back"

"It's a huge blow for us", said Bills Guard Andy Levitre. "Fred has been great. He has been all purpose for us. We'll take a blow with that", said Levitre.

With Jackson out former first round pick C.J. Spiller will now be called upon to carry the load. Spiller has been used sparingly this year with only 21 carries for 115 yards, but says he'll be ready to go against the Jets. "The season is not over. We lost a great player, but the season is not over. I have to elevate my game to another level".

The 5-and-5 Bills head to New Jersey to take on the 5-and-5 New York Jets on Sunday.